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  • The Death of Democracy in the Arizona Democratic Party?

    [To Chad Campbell] I am writing this to ask you not to pursue a run for Governor in 2014.

    In Fred DuVal, we have not only a universally respected and exceptionally  well-qualified candidate, but also someone who has thoroughly thought  through what a successful campaign will entail and has already done the  work that he needs to have done by now. He has secured the endorsements  of elected officials and leaders all over the state, including every  living former Democratic Governor.

    from Tom Prezelski via BlogForArizona.

    As the son of a former councilmember from Marana, I’ve been involved with politics for a long time.

    Maybe I wasn’t part of the cool kids club, but I’ve been observing and learning.

    The last campaign I threw myself into 100% was that of Randy Parraz running for US Senate in 2010. He actually decided to run with only about a month left to collect signatures and did so because of the passage of SB1070 and the lack of any real opposition to it from the Democratic Establishment Candidate, Rodney Glassman.

    I learned a lot that year.

    For one, the cool kids club is a very loyal club. Divisions may arise, sure, but for the most part it seems to me that the candidates are like the top 10 colors of paint; different shades of whiteness.

    Sometimes this is ok. Sometimes good-intentioned and well-meaning Democrats can get by with out a critical consciousness on race issues.

    But sometimes you have Arizona under Jan Brewer and a Black President and Immigration being the top topic. Sometimes you have anti-Latino policies that legalize racial profiling or try to ban our precious knowledge from being taught in schools.

    Sometimes you need to be more than just smart or nice. Sometimes you need to have some courage to stand up against evil.

    Is “evil” too strong of a word for you?

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